When does a “pause” become something more significant?
Travel agents around the world can be forgiven for asking today, as Carnival Cruise Line confirmed it will extend its operational break in North America through to September 30th.
“During this unprecedented pause in our business, we have continued to assess the operating environment and confer with public health, government and industry officials,” Carnival Cruise Line president Christine Duffy told booked guests and travel agents in a letter sent today.
“We have watched with great interest as commerce, travel and personal activities have begun to start back up, and once we do resume service, we will take all necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our guests, crew and the communities we bring our ships to in order to maintain public confidence in our business.
“Nevertheless, we apologise for disrupting your vacation plans and appreciate your patience as we work through these decisions,” Duffy said in the letter.
Carnival Cruise Line parent Carnival Corporation last week said it would sell six ships from across its fleets as the company continued to raise cash in the face of an extended shutdown.
Carnival initially announced a voluntary…